Enough Apologies

Already, angry Palestinian militants have assaulted seven West Bank and Gaza churches, destroying two of them. In Somalia, gunmen shot dead an elderly Italian nun. Radical clerics from Qatar to Qom have called, variously, for a “day of anger” or for worshipers to “hunt down” the pope and his followers. Continue reading “Enough Apologies”

A great historian offers a memoir about a life marked by the shadow of Nazism.

Like a puzzle with an infinite number of answers, the Holocaust keeps turning up new stories, different angles, fresh versions of events we thought we knew already. Unexpectedly, Fritz Stern, one of the most distinguished historians of Germany in this country, has now produced a new story of his own. Continue reading “A great historian offers a memoir about a life marked by the shadow of Nazism.”

So Long, Washington (for Now)

To be perfectly honest, I never really got used to it. However many times I had to say it, the words never sounded natural. “What does your husband do?” the nice woman in the carpool line or the pleasant man at the cocktail party would ask, and I’d try to toss it off lightly: “Well, actually, he’s the defense minister of Poland.” Continue reading “So Long, Washington (for Now)”